Defective Prescription Drug

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With a massive amount of money being invested in the development of new medications and the power pharmaceutical companies have, drugs are often released into our marketplace without being thoroughly and adequately tested, which can result in side effects that cause serious injury or possibly death. When a person is using pharmaceutical drugs and personal injury or death occurs as the result of the negligence of pharmaceutical companies you need an experienced defective drug attorney on your side. No matter if it is over-the-counter or a prescription, if you have been injured by a defective drug you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.


A defective drug is defined as a prescription or over-the-counter medication that causes physical, psychological or emotional injury. This injury may be caused by a defect in the drug itself or mis-labeling or insufficient warnings.


We trust the medical professionals with our health and take drugs upon their recommendation. In order for drugs to be sold in the United States they must be approved by the FDA. Pharmaceutical companies often release drugs for public consumption without the FDA performing adequate testing to see what long-term side effects they can cause, leaving an opportunity for a personal injury to occur. Unfortunately, we see injury caused by a defective drug happen all too often. Instead of the quality of our lives being improved by these drugs, they cause either serious injury or in some cases wrongful death.

Injuries Caused By Defective Drugs


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Today, 1 in every 2 consumers in the United States take a minimum

of one prescription drug per day. We believe that a pharmaceutical company’s inadequate testing of a drug they manufacture that results in injury or death, constitutes negligence on their part, for which they should be held accountable. Often times the pharmaceutical companies “fast track” or expedite the FDA approval process to hurry the drug to market before it has been adequately tested, which increases the risk of injuring or hurting people. This is often fueled by greed and bottom line profit margins, which is inexcusable, rather than for the purpose of meeting treatment needs for serious or life threatening medical conditions more quickly. Fast track programs have been widely criticized because many times it puts speed before safety.


Some of the serious injuries that can occur are:


  • Heart conditions
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Organ damage
  • Depression


However, prior to discontinuing any medication, you should always talk to your doctor about your concerns and any potential side effects. If you are experiencing symptoms of a serious adverse reaction, you should seek immediate medical attention, such as a hospital emergency room, where they may advise you to discontinue the medication, until it can be determined if the drug is the cause of your symptoms.

Who Is At Fault In A Defective Drug Lawsuit?

In a defective drug class action lawsuit, one of the below parties is held liable for being negligent for a consumer’s personal injuries:


Pharmaceutical Drug Manufacturer

If a drug was released into the market without adequate research or testing being completed, or if the pharmaceutical company fails or attempts to hide the drug’s dangerous side effects, they can be held accountable in a defective drug lawsuit.


The Pharmacist

If a consumer’s prescription was filled at a pharmacy with the wrong drug or the wrong dosage they could be found liable in a pharmacist malpractice lawsuit.


The Doctor

If a doctor prescribes a drug to a patient that their colleagues would not have, especially given a person’s medical history and risk factors, they can be held liable for a medical malpractice lawsuit due to their negligence.


The below defective drugs currently have multiple lawsuits pending or have been certified as a class action lawsuit. When serious injuries happen due to negligence, real experience matters.

Abilify Lawsuit
Abilify Lawsuit
The anti-psychotic drug Abilify has been linked to compulsive gambling, shopping, hypersexuality and other risky behaviors. Many who have taken this drug were not aware of the side effects due to insufficient warnings given to patients and doctors.
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Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lawsuit
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics such as Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox have been linked to peripheral neuropathy, aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections. Many who have taken these drugs were not aware of the side effects due to insufficient warnings.
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Benicar Lawsuits
Benicar Lawsuits
The blood pressure medication Benicar has been linked to the development of sprue-like enteropathy causing severe gastrointestinal symptoms similar to celiac disease. Many taking Benicar were not made aware of the risks.
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Xarelto Blood Thinner Lawsuits
Xarelto Blood Thinner Lawsuits
Xarelto blood thinners have been linked to causing serious side effects such as uncontrollable bleeding, strokes or even death. Many who have taken this drug were not aware of the side effects due to insufficient warnings given by the manufacturer.
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  • Actos
  • Anti-Depressants (Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft)
  • Eliquis
  • Anti-Diabetic & Type 2 Diabetes Medication (Januvia, Victoza, Janumet, Byolta)
  • Nexium
  • Pradaxa
  • Prilosec
  • Risperal
  • Invokana
  • Taxotere
  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy
  • Zofran


If you or someone you know may have experienced injury or death following the use of a pharmaceutical or over-the-counter drug, contact our defective drug attorneys by email or call 1-800-8LTB-LAW today.

Why Choose Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman For

Your Defective Drug LaWsuit?


Serious medical issues that are caused by defective drugs can cause long-term and serious complications or even lead to death. Our attorneys are nationally recognized and are experienced in all aspects of serious personal injury litigation, including, defective drug litigation. Our law firm is located in Central New York and has been serving the Utica NY, Syracuse NY, Watertown NY, Binghamton NY areas for over 56 years. We know first-hand how devastating it can be to have been seriously injured or to have had the misfortune of losing a loved one.


We are committed to helping victims receive settlements fast. Our law firm has secured well over $100 million for our clients in verdicts and settlements. The attorneys at Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman are focused on personal injury law, fighting for the rights of injured people. If you have been hurt by a defective drug, we will fight to help you get the compensation that you deserve.

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